New York. Paris. London. Milan. Not only did crazy new fashions rock the runway this Fall but also the latest in eye makeup and beauty trends. The eyes definitely had it this season with Chanel’s quilted eye shadow and Givenchy’s intense gothic styles on point and on trend.
It can be fun keeping on top of all the latest beauty trends. But for women who wear glasses or contacts, applying the latest eye makeup trends comes with a twist.
Here’s a look at some tips for eye makeup for women who wear corrective lenses:
Contacts + makeup means you have to:
- Put contacts in before you start applying makeup and remove them before you take makeup off.
- Make sure hands are super clean so you don’t transfer anything nasty to your contacts, which can leave them blurry or, worse still, result in an eye infection.
- Use oil-free foundation and pressed face powder that stays put and doesn’t gravitate toward your eyes.
- Choose liquid or cream-based (also oil-free) eyeshadows. If you use powder eyeshadows you risk getting flecks in your eyes and (GASP) under your contacts.
- Keep eyeliner and mascara (never the waterproof or clumpy type) away from the lash line and inner eyelid to avoid blocking oil glands and getting chunks on contacts. These can lead to dry eye symptoms and sties.
- Check the ingredients to make sure they’re hypoallergenic (ophthalmologist-tested is even better) and won’t irritate eyes.
- Forget about false eyelashes. No one wants lash glue getting anywhere near their contacts.
- While you are at it: just say “no” to long nails and elaborate nail art. Getting your contacts in and out of your eye cleanly and safely is hard enough, thank you very much!
Eyeglasses + eye makeup means you have to:
- Apply WITHOUT your glasses (or take them on and off repeatedly to check your blending and precision). This high-skill maneuver can be made easier with a really strong magnifying mirror (the blinder you are, the more magnification you’ll need).
- Be aware that your eye makeup will look different once you put your glasses on. They can make your eyes look too small or too large depending on your prescription. So there’s that.
- Consider the shape and color of your frames and lenses when choosing your eye makeup colors or the shape of your brows.
- Use a water resistant foundation (and/or primer) so your face doesn’t get slippery, causing your glasses to slide down your nose.
- Use a concealer or highlighter under your eyes if your glasses cast shadows.
- Choose waterproof mascara so you don’t get smudges on your glasses and avoid clumpy mascara or you might end up looking like you have insect eyes.
- Accentuate your eyes with bright – even sparkly – colors if you’re near-sighted because glasses will make your eyes look smaller. If you’re farsighted, glasses will make your eyes look larger, so you have to do the opposite and go for dark, matte colors.
After LASIK, you can use the eye makeup that is best for your face with license to indulge in different beauty looks from natural to dramatic (we hear glitter tears and color lashes are on-trend). If you are considering LASIK, you should know there are a few makeup restrictions during the initial recovery. For example, typically during the first week after surgery you can wear face makeup but no eye makeup. After one week, you can resume wearing eye makeup such as liner or mascara, but use disposable application brushes and sponges and only use cream formulas for at least a week longer to help prevent infections. Once you are given the all-clear by your surgeon, you can play up your eyes and show off the fact you are seeing the world in a new and fabulous way! Here’s a bit of inspiration from one our favorite beauty bloggers on why she chose LASIK